Are you considering dermal filler? Do you have an appointment coming up or do you just want to find out more? Regardless of your reasons Art of Facial Rejuvenation wants you to know what to expect before and after a dermal filler treatment. The best way to feel confident is to be armed with information that allows you to make an informed decision or arrived mentally prepared for your treatment.
Preparing for Dermal Filler Injections
We have several tips that apply to every type of dermal filler patient. This includes hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers such as Belotero, Juvederm, Restylane. When you follow our pre-care and post-care suggestions, you are allowing your treatment the most reasonable chance at producing positive results.
Prior to Your Appointment
With any type of dermal filler, at least, a minor amount of bruising is to be expected. There are ways to reduce the amount of bruising you develop. You can also use our tips to speed up your body’s recovery time.
Reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet during the week before your appointment. Increase the amount of plain water you consume in the same time frame. This will help your skin to increase its moisture content which will reduce bruising and ensure a speedy recovery. Use a topical moisturizer the day before and the day of your appointment for an extra boost.
Before your treatment take 2,000mg of Vitamin C supplements daily, try to start this as early as possible. This will help boost your body’s inherent restorative properties which will reduce bruising and decrease your recovery time.
If you take blood thinners, cease consumption at least seven days before your scheduled appointment. This will help cut down on bruising and swelling following treatment. You should also cease alcoholic beverage consumption four days prior.
Patients that use exfoliating acids and retinoid products should avoid their use at least three days prior to treatment. This is because they may cause or increase redness and irritation following treatment. You should also wait until three days after your treatment before resuming their use.
After Your Appointment
Dermal filler treatments are minimally invasive, but they are still mildly traumatic to the skin. Our suggestions will help you reduce your discomfort and improve your results. Now that your treatment has been completed satisfactorily, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure the best results.
Avoid rubbing or massaging the treatment area immediately following your session. There may be slight swelling, tightness or discomfort however this will naturally resolve within ten days.
You should also forgo any form of exercise or extreme heat for at least a full 24 hours following your treatment. Exfoliating acids and retinoid should not be used on the treatment area for at least three days.
It is advised that you keep your head above the level of your heart for at least four hours following your treatment. You should also sleep in the upright position the first night following your treatment. This will help reduce swelling in the treatment areas.
Bruising and swelling of the treatment area can be remedied with ice packs and oral or topical anti-inflammatory aids. Just bruising can be reduced by applying a thin layer of Vitamin K or by consuming a Bromelain supplement.
Any severe or unusual side effects like shortness of breath, fever, trouble swallowing, or painful swelling should be treated in the emergency room without delay.
How We Can Help
Our professionals here are always on hand to offer you guidance on dermal fillers and other treatments. We offer a wide range of aesthetic treatments to both men and women. If you are interested in learning more, give Art of Facial Rejuvenation a call at (647) 879-9181.